It’s the first Radio Jiro post of the year and for this we wanted to do something a little different. Up till now RJ has travelled through sounds of music past, now, firmly living in the very futuristic 2013 we thought it was time to expand our horizons. With so many exciting things happening around us we thought it was only right to include some of our favourite artists working right now. First up is the very talented Jonny Nash, a Scotsman living in London who has recorded a number of tracks under a host of different alias all absolute must buys including in my opinion the record of the year. ‘Solan’ released earlier this year on Elevator People under the name The Kham Lingtsang Band is a beautiful fusion track which wouldn’t feel at all out of place on any of my JAPS ONRY mixes. Next up ‘Journey to the Centre of the Sun’ released a couple years ago on Loverfingers’ ESP INSTITUTE label (pretty much everything released on this label so far is pure gold) along with Dutch record shop owner Tako (who recently opened REDLIGHT RECORDS in Amsterdam) under the alias Sombrero Galaxy, more upbeat than the previous track with a driving euphoric dance feel, excellent stuff!
Another music project of Nash’s is Discosession, originally a club night in Japan while Nash was living there who together with Chee Shimizu (owner of the brilliant ORGANIC MUSIC online record shop) and musicians/DJs Zecky and Dr. Nishimura went on to released a couple 12” on Kenji Takimi’s cult Japanese record label CRUE-L RECORDS as well as this track ‘Manitoba’ on a recent Crue-L compilation titled Crue-L Cafe, a lovely down-tempo track that would be perfect listening to at Cafe Del Mar as the sun sets. For my final choice I have picked a track from Nash’s most recent project; Land of Light who recently released their self titled LP on ESP Institute the other week which is in my opinion easily the record of the year. 3 years in the making, Land of Light which also consists of fellow Scotsman Kyle Martin is an absolutely stunning record that takes you on a totally blissed out 40 minute journey, the track below is just a snippet but I highly recommend buying the record, I’ll leave it to Dr. Rob’s REVIEW over at Test Pressing to explain why. I would also highly recommend seeing them live, I managed to catch their first performance at LN-CC (where Nash also helps run the music side of things), quite different to their recorded stuff, starting off with Vangelis sounds, the tempo quickly raised with Gottsching-esque guitars, Schulze like synths and a very Tangerine Dreamy vibe.